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Karyn Kusama’s New Film Destroyer to Star Nicole Kidman

4 October 2017 10:22 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

She welcomed viewers to one of the most unsettling dinner parties put to film with The Invitation, and now Karyn Kusama is getting ready to introduce viewers to a new kind of cult in Destroyer, her upcoming thriller that has now added Nicole Kidman in a lead role:

Press Release: Los Angeles (October 4, 2017) – Academy Award® and Emmy® Award Winner Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies,” The Hours) will star in Destroyer, a modern Los Angeles crime thriller to be directed by Karyn Kusama (The InvitationGirlfight) from an original screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation,Ride Along). 30West will fully finance the film. Academy Award® Nominee Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik is producing alongside Hay and Manfredi, who also wrote and produced Kusama’s critically acclaimed film The InvitationRocket Science is handling international sales and helped arrange the financing, while ICM Partners and CAA are »

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Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’

4 October 2017 12:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fresh off her Emmy wins for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman is staying true to her commitment to making movies with women directors: She will star in director Karyn Kusama’s upcoming Los Angeles crime thriller “Destroyer.”

Headed by partners Dan Friedkin (chairman and CEO of automotive, hospitality and entertainment consortium The Friedkin Group) and ex-caa agent Micah Green with offices in New York and Los Angeles, new company 30West is financing “Destroyer,” with Rocket Science handling foreign sales. Automatik’s “La La Land” producer Fred Berger is producing alongside co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Kusama’s “The Invitation”). ICM Partners and CAA are selling North American rights.

Read More:Nicole Kidman Wins Her First Emmy Award and Continues to Dominate 2017

Kusama directs from Hay and Manfredi’s original screenplay about an Lapd detective (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cultish gang in the California desert. »

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Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’

4 October 2017 12:06 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Fresh off her Emmy wins for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman is staying true to her commitment to making movies with women directors: She will star in director Karyn Kusama’s upcoming Los Angeles crime thriller “Destroyer.”

Headed by partners Dan Friedkin (chairman and CEO of automotive, hospitality and entertainment consortium The Friedkin Group) and ex-caa agent Micah Green with offices in New York and Los Angeles, new company 30West is financing “Destroyer,” with Rocket Science handling foreign sales. Automatik’s “La La Land” producer Fred Berger is producing alongside co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Kusama’s “The Invitation”). ICM Partners and CAA are selling North American rights.

Kusama directs from Hay and Manfredi’s original screenplay about an Lapd detective (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cultish gang in the California desert. Years later, when she encounters the gang’s leader, »

- Anne Thompson

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Adam Driver, David Lowery, and Jeff Nichols Debate Indies, Studio Movies, Netflix, and Legacies

2 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Last weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jeff Nichols launched Premiere, the first event of his newly minted Arkansas Cinema Society. The writer-director of “Loving,” “Mud,” and “Midnight Special” screened a selection of smart movies, including Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” hosted by star Adam Driver, whose family spent summers in Arkansas. Austin-based David Lowery brought “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Ghost Story” and producer Noah Stahl came with current release “Patti Cake$.”

I interviewed Driver, Lowery, and Nichols about how they define creative independence as they balance high- and low-budget movies. (It has been edited for length and clarity.)

Working with the studios

Jeff Nichols: I’m smack dab in the middle of the first draft of “Alien Nation” for Fox, trying to balance sensibilities. When you set out to work on something with a big price tag on it in terms of production cost, »

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Adam Driver, David Lowery, and Jeff Nichols Debate Indies, Studio Movies, Netflix, and Legacies

2 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jeff Nichols launched Premiere, the first event of his newly minted Arkansas Cinema Society. The writer-director of “Loving,” “Mud,” and “Midnight Special” screened a selection of smart movies, including Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” hosted by star Adam Driver, whose family spent summers in Arkansas. Austin-based David Lowery brought “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Ghost Story” and producer Noah Stahl came with current release “Patti Cake$.”

I interviewed Driver, Lowery, and Nichols about how they define creative independence as they balance high- and low-budget movies. (It has been edited for length and clarity.)

Working with the studios

Jeff Nichols: I’m smack dab in the middle of the first draft of “Alien Nation” for Fox, trying to balance sensibilities. When you set out to work on something with a big price tag on it in terms of production cost, »

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Wide House, ICM Partners Board Nancy Buirski’s ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ (Exclusive)

23 August 2017 3:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After joining forces on Raoul Peck’s “I am Not Your Negro,” Wide House is re-teaming with ICM Partners for Nancy Buirski’s “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a historical, yet timely documentary which will world premiere at Venice Film Festival.

Wide House handles “Recy Taylor”‘s worldwide sales outside of North America which is being handled by ICM Partners.

Slated for Venice’s Horizons section, the documentary feature tells the story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper who was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama.

Although Recy Taylor was represented by Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice, her six assailants were never prosecuted. It took nearly 70 years for the rape to be acknowledged by authorities, explained Anais Clanet, the boss of Paris-based Wide House.

Recy Taylor’s courage inspired other black women to speak up and their noble efforts to take back their bodies led »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Ruth Negga Joins Brad Pitt in Sci-Fi Thriller Ad Astra

7 August 2017 7:17 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones already set to star, the sci-fi thriller Ad Astra is filling out its supporting cast, with Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga signing on to star. Unfortunately, no details have been given regarding her character yet, and it isn't clear how many more primary roles still need to be filled out for this sci-fi thriller. This film continues the successful partnership between Brad Pitt's production company Plan B and New Regency, who have teamed up on critically-acclaimed films such as The Big Short, Best Picture Winner 12 Years A Slave and director Ryan Coogler's upcoming feature Wrong Answer.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the story centers on one man's journey across the solar system to find his long-missing father, a "renegade scientist who poses a threat to all mankind." The first report on this project back in June revealed that Brad Pitt is playing Roy McBride, »

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Ruth Negga Goes Sci-Fi With Brad Pitt In James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’

7 August 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Blessed with charisma, talent, and range, Ruth Negga has already been turning heads on both the small and big screen. She’s the firecracker Tulip O’Hare on AMC‘s wild, graphic novel adaptation “Preacher,” and last year she showed a completely different side of her abilities, with her lovely, subtle work in Jeff Nichols‘ beautiful “Loving.” Now the actress is headed into outer space with a sci-fi project we can’t wait to see.

Continue reading Ruth Negga Goes Sci-Fi With Brad Pitt In James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Sam Shepard

7 August 2017 8:16 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Sam Shepard Sam Shepard’s death was a major blow. His struggle with Als was fought outside the public eye, and most of his fans never knew he was sick. In fact, Shepard’s career seemed to be going better than ever, thanks to a fruitful series of collaborations with Jeff Nichols (including Mud and Midnight Special). It’s a shame as Shepard was one of those guys everyone loved,... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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‘Polina’ Trailer: Real-Life Passion and Skill Take Center Stage in Juliette Binoche Ballet Drama — Watch

7 August 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For her latest film, director Valérie Müller went to the right people to help tell the story of a talented dancer who dreams of more, from her co-director Angelin Preljocaj (who is also Müller’s partner in real life) to her star, a dancing queen in her own right. The result is an energetic, honest look inside the fraught world of dance and the sort of unique people who populate it.

Read More‘Step’: How the Sundance Documentary Is Emulating ‘Hidden Figures’ to Inspire Underprivileged Kids

Shot in Russia, France, and Belgium, “Polina” follows the journey of gifted young dancer Polina — played by real-life Mariinsky Theatre Russian ballerina Anastasia Shevtsova — who has spent her childhood and youth training with a hard-driving classical ballet teacher. Polina’s long-held dreams (or perhaps her teacher’s?) seem ready to finally come to fruition when she’s accepted into Moscow’s highly competitive and prestigious Bolshoi Ballet. »

- Kate Erbland

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Jeff Nichols Launches ‘Premiere,’ 3-Day Film Event in Little Rock, with Adam Driver and David Lowery — Exclusive

3 August 2017 6:50 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Inspired by Richard Linklater’s work for the last 32 years with the Austin Film Society, writer-director Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Midnight Special”) is launching a similar nonprofit cinephile organization, the Arkansas Cinema Society (Acs), with an inaugural event (August 24-26) called “Premiere.”

Director David Lowery (“A Ghost Story,” “Pete’s Dragon”) and actor Adam Driver (“Girls,” “Paterson,” “The Force Awakens”) will travel to Little Rock and screen their films followed by Q&As with Nichols at the Ron Robinson Theater in the Little Rock River Market.

“Premiere” will kick off on Thursday, August 24 with a screening of the Sundance rap musical hit “Patti Cake$,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Nichols. On Friday, August 25, Acs will host an afternoon showing of Jim Jarmusch’s 2016 Cannes drama “Paterson,” starring Driver as an aspiring poet and bus driver. Friday evening, Acs will screen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” in which Driver Plays villain Kylo Ren. »

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Jeff Nichols Launches ‘Premiere,’ 3-Day Film Event in Little Rock, with Adam Driver and David Lowery — Exclusive

3 August 2017 6:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Inspired by Richard Linklater’s work for the last 32 years with the Austin Film Society, writer-director Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Midnight Special”) is launching a similar nonprofit cinephile organization, the Arkansas Cinema Society (Acs), with an inaugural event (August 24-26) called “Premiere.”

Director David Lowery (“A Ghost Story,” “Pete’s Dragon”) and actor Adam Driver (“Girls,” “Paterson,” “The Force Awakens”) will travel to Little Rock and screen their films followed by Q&As with Nichols at the Ron Robinson Theater in the Little Rock River Market.

“Premiere” will kick off on Thursday, August 24 with a screening of the Sundance rap musical hit “Patti Cake$,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Nichols. On Friday, August 25, Acs will host an afternoon showing of Jim Jarmusch’s 2016 Cannes drama “Paterson,” starring Driver as an aspiring poet and bus driver. Friday evening, Acs will screen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” in which Driver Plays villain Kylo Ren. Both films will be followed by a conversation between Nichols and Driver.

Read More‘Loving’ Director Jeff Nichols Launches Arkansas Cinema Society, With a Festival in 2018 — Exclusive

On Saturday, August 26, writer and director David Lowery will close out the event with a screening of his 2016 Disney remake of the 1970s musical “Pete’s Dragon,” as well as his latest drama, Sundance breakout “A Ghost Story,” starring Casey Affleck as a ghost haunting the home of his widow, followed by conversations with Nichols.

The Acs is looking to renovate a theater in Little Rock; longer term, Nichols wants to send programs to enlightened theaters around the state and create a grant program to help upgrade needy cinemas. “It’s a shame ‘Moonlight’ can’t be seen in southeast Arkansas, which has a massive African-American population,” said Nichols.  “Come on! Let’s get these films to the further reaches of the state.”

Nichols is also impressed with Afs’s Texas filmmaker production fund, which gives rising filmmakers grants that help them cover costs while taking their films to festivals. He vividly recalls being put up in fancy hotels while taking “Shotgun Stories” and “Take Shelter” at festivals where he couldn’t afford to buy a meal.

Nichols recently taught a course with Matthew McConaughey on “Mud” at the University of Texas, and was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame last March. Next up: he’s writing his first studio movie from scratch, “Alien Nation.”

McKibbon Hospitality, which manages five hotels in Arkansas, is presenting sponsor of “Premiere.”

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- Anne Thompson

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Sam Shepard’s Quiet Battle with Als: ‘He Didn’t Want to Waste Time Talking About That,' Says Mud Director Jeff Nichols

1 August 2017 2:56 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The last place Jeff Nichols remembers hanging out with Sam Shepard could have been ripped from the pages of one of the late actor’s short stories: a run-down roadside BBQ joint somewhere in Austin, Texas.

“Sam didn’t like flying,” Nichols, who directed Shepard in 2013’s Mud and 2016’s Midnight Special, told People. “So one time when he was driving through Texas, we met up at this BBQ place in Austin. He wanted to talk to me about his writing because he was working on something new. So here I am sitting in this booth eating some pretty mediocre brisket, »

- Mike Miller

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Matthew McConaughey Has a Tearjerking Reaction to Sam Shepard's Death on the Red Carpet

1 August 2017 1:09 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Matthew McConaughey is making the press rounds to promote his new science fiction film The Dark Tower, but things took a decidedly sad turn when the actor stopped for an interview during the red carpet premiere of the movie in NYC on Monday night. After an Associated Press reporter asked him a question about the sudden passing of actor and playwright Sam Shepard, who died of complications from Als on July 27, Matthew looked stunned, asking, "Sam Shepard moved on?" While visibly trying to process the news, Matthew gave a heartfelt tribute to Sam, whom he costarred with in 2012's Mud: "I'm not going to trivialize that situation . . . But I always told [director] Jeff Nichols this, I said the whole trailer for Mud could be Sam Shepard sitting in that green chair telling the boy about who Mud is." He added, "We lost one of the great ones. Great writer, great mind. »

- Brittney Stephens

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Matthew McConaughey Learned About Sam Shepard’s Death on Red Carpet

1 August 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matthew McConaughey’s reaction to first hearing about the death of acclaimed playwright and actor Sam Shepard was caught on camera while the actor was on the red carpet for his upcoming film “Dark Tower.”

Sam Shepard moved on?” McConaughey asked the Associated Press reporter who broke the news to him.

McConaughey worked with Shepard, who died on Thursday following complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease, on the 2012 coming-of-age drama “Mud.”

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“Look, I’m not going to trivialize that situation, I just heard about it for the first time,” the actor said. “But I always told [director] Jeff Nichols this, look in ‘Mud,’ the whole trailer for ‘Mud’ could be Sam Shepard sitting in that green chair telling the boy about who Mud is. It would be about a two-and-a-half minute trailer, but it would have been really badass.”

“We »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Watch Matthew McConaughey's Emotional Real-Time Reaction to Sam Shepard's Death

1 August 2017 10:23 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Matthew McConaughey first learned of Sam Shepard’s death during a red carpet interview last night, and his raw emotional reaction to the news was captured on camera.

Sam Shepard moved on?” the actor asked incredulously at The Dark Tower premiere in New York City Tuesday night, after an Associated Press reporter told him the news.

Shepard, who starred with McConaughey in 2012’s Mud, died at his home in Kentucky on July 27 after battling Als, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, People confirmed. The actor’s illness was not publicly known. He was with his family at the time of his death. »

- Mike Miller

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Great Job, Internet!: Matthew McConaughey was being interviewed when he learned of Sam Shepard’s death

1 August 2017 9:41 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Matthew McConaughey was already looking pretty worn out on the red carpet for the premiere of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower last night—a consequence of the film’s troubled production, no doubt—and hearing that a friend and colleague just passed away when you’re supposed to just be spouting pre-approved statements certainly doesn’t seem to have helped.

Yesterday, Oscar-nominated actor and playwright Sam Shepard died, and when a hapless reporter mentions this news to McConaughey you can literally see the actor snap out of his press-induced stupor. The pair worked together on 2012’s Mud, and, once his initial shock wears off, the actor offers up a brief tribute:

If you look at—look, I’m not gonna trivialize that situation I just heard about for the first time—but I always said that, and I always told Jeff Nichols this, I said, look, in Mud »

- Randall Colburn

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‘Viceroy’s House’ Trailer: Gillian Anderson Stars In Gurinder Chadha’s Very Personal Historical Drama — Watch

1 August 2017 7:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After investigating her own heritage during the filming of an episode of BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?,” filmmaker Gurinder Chadha was inspired to delve more deeply into her own family’s history, and its thorny relationship with India’s independence.

That personal story helped inspire her latest film, “Viceroy’s House,” which stars Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten, the final Viceroy of India, and traces his — and his family, including Gillian Anderson as his wife, Lady Edwina Mountbatten — final months in the country, set mostly in 1947 during the Partition of India.

Read MoreThe 25 Best Films Directed By Women of the 21st Century, From ‘Lost in Translation’ to ‘Persepolis’

The film delves into the “upstairs/downstairs” real-life history of Lord Mountbatten and his family in post-war 1947 India from the perspectives of both the Mountbatten family and the people of India. Mountbatten was tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, »

- Kate Erbland

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Sam Shepard, Rip: 5 Essential Performances That Illustrate His Genius

31 July 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sam Shepard was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose contributions to the theater world spanned decades; by the time he started acting in movies, his career had already taken off. As such, even as he landed an Oscar nomination for “The Right Stuff” and continued to be a regular presence in front of the camera, the multi-talented writer-performer remained primarily associated with the stage. Nevertheless, Shepard remained a major figure in American cinema for 40 years in more ways that one: It’s his tender screenplay that makes Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” such an emotional powerhouse, and he even directed two features, but it’s Shepard’s acting credits speak to his astonishing range — and the way he continued to evolve his skills as the decades wore on. Here are five standouts from a career so rich with talent that we can only begin to explore it with this limited sampling (sorry, »

- Eric Kohn, Michael Nordine, Ben Travers and David Ehrlich

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Oscar Nominated Actor, Playwright & Director Sam Shepard Has Died

31 July 2017 12:16 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"There are places where writing is acting and acting is writing. I'm not so interested in the divisions. I'm interested in the way things cross over." Sad news to report - playwright, director, and beloved actor Sam Shepard has died at age 73. The news comes from multiple sources (e.g. Variety), reporting that Shepard died at his home in Kentucky on Sunday from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as "Lou Gehrig's disease." He was nominated for a Best Supporting Performance Oscar in 1984 for playing Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, but he is known for memorable appearances in many different films, not to mention books, plays, and other projects over the years. He most recently starred in Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special last year. Here's a few of the heartfelt remembrances posted on Twitter after news broke about Sam Shepard's death: A hero of theatre. A hero of writing. »

- Alex Billington

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